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Drone filmmaker captures Children's Fairyland from the view of a flying fairy — and it's downright magical

Drone filmmaker captures Children's Fairyland from the view of a flying fairy — and it's downright magical

There's still magic in the world, as evidenced by this fairy's-eye view of Children's Fairyland, that charming 70-year-old storybook theme park in Oakland, California. You might remember that when I'm
This deck of wholesome activities inspires mini-adventures

This deck of wholesome activities inspires mini-adventures

We've been writing about Lea Redmond since 2009 here on Boing Boing. She's just one of those kind of people who consistently makes neat things — a real Happy Mutant! Well, her latest creative venture
This house for sale in Pittsburgh is filled with whimsical themed rooms

This house for sale in Pittsburgh is filled with whimsical themed rooms

Listed at $159,900 this 1,075 square-foot home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is bland on the outside but features rooms with outer space, submarine, tropical island, and moonbase motifs. The owners put
Lost Horizon Night Market returns... without actual box trucks

Lost Horizon Night Market returns... without actual box trucks

The "transient bazaar" known as Lost Horizon Night Market is a covert operation. Worlds are imagined and then built inside the blank canvasses of empty box trucks. For the event, all the
Rodney Orpheus' pandemic oasis, Desert Island Nerds

Rodney Orpheus' pandemic oasis, Desert Island Nerds

My friend Rodney Orpheus (he of the legendary darkwave electronica band, The Cassandra Complex) has been doing a terrific weekly streaming show, called Desert Island Nerds. The premise is that we're
Send Pics: ripping, brutal, amazing novel about teens, sextortion, revenge and justice

Send Pics: ripping, brutal, amazing novel about teens, sextortion, revenge and justice

Over the past decade or so, Lauren McLaughin (previously) has written a handful of outstanding YA novels, each dealing with difficult issues of gender, personal autonomy and the casual cruelty of
New podcast interviews me on why I quit my day job to become a blogger and 'artrepreneur'

New podcast interviews me on why I quit my day job to become a blogger and 'artrepreneur'

Years before I was blogging for Boing Boing, I had a string of regular jobs, ones that paid the bills but didn't feed my soul. That's not to say I haven't been a lifelong Happy Mutant, no no. I just
Abolish Silicon Valley: memoir of a driven startup founder who became an anti-capitalist activist

Abolish Silicon Valley: memoir of a driven startup founder who became an anti-capitalist activist

Wendy Liu grew up deeply enmeshed in technology, writing code for free/open source projects and devouring books by tech luminaries extolling the virtues of running tech startups; after turning down a
Robert Fripp in a bee suit and black stockings? Signs of the apocalypse for sure!

Robert Fripp in a bee suit and black stockings? Signs of the apocalypse for sure!

There are little lights in this darkness that shine through and make, for a brief moment, the invisible zombie apocalypse seem a bit less horrifying. One of these for me has been Robert Fripp and his
With EraseCOVID, artists and designers have created cool Public Safety Art

With EraseCOVID, artists and designers have created cool Public Safety Art

EraseCOVID is what happens when creative folks join forces for the greater good. A fantastic gang of artists and designers (including Ruben Bolling) have joined forces to create some really terrific
Children are becoming snail mail pen pals with Fairyland "elves" in this time of social distancing

Children are becoming snail mail pen pals with Fairyland "elves" in this time of social distancing

You might remember that when I'm not blogging for Boing Boing, I can usually be found at my other gig — Children's Fairyland. Of course, the Oakland, California kiddie theme park is closed now and
DIY Catface N95 mask cover, whiskers and all

DIY Catface N95 mask cover, whiskers and all

Anyone who's ever gone to Burning Man is undoubtedly already familiar with the N95 mask, the particle filters that also protect from inhaling playa dust. And Burners are also familiar with "radical
Check out Money Mark's fantastic daily musical experiments!

Check out Money Mark's fantastic daily musical experiments!

View this post on Instagram You don’t wanna miss *tomorrow’s post* it’ll be good. But for now this experimental piece inspired by John Cage. Been washing my hands so much in the basin—made me think of
Look kids, it's a tour of the 1951 A.C. Gilbert Radioactive Atomic Energy Lab Kit, now with seven sources of radiation!

Look kids, it's a tour of the 1951 A.C. Gilbert Radioactive Atomic Energy Lab Kit, now with seven sources of radiation!

I have always been intrigued by the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab Kit that was only sold for a year, starting in 1951. The kit included a Geiger counter, a Wilson cloud chamber, a spinthariscope, a
88 Names: Matt Ruff's MMORPG heist novel is "Snow Crash meets the King and I"

88 Names: Matt Ruff's MMORPG heist novel is "Snow Crash meets the King and I"

Matt Ruff is one of science fiction and fantasy's most consistently brilliant and innovative authors, whose recent work includes The Mirage (an incredible alternate history in which the Global War on
Choir! Choir! Choir! to host online "Social Distan-Sing-Along!"

Choir! Choir! Choir! to host online "Social Distan-Sing-Along!"

Get ready to sing. With thousands of other people. Alone at home. That's the idea behind the upcoming Choir! Choir! Choir! Facebook Live event, "" The experts have spoken and we’re seriously taking
Watch the trailer to "The Booksellers," a documentary on the enduring, eccentric world of rare book selling

Watch the trailer to "The Booksellers," a documentary on the enduring, eccentric world of rare book selling

Attention bookworms and rare book nerds. The Booksellers, opening in March, is a documentary celebrating bookstores and the peculiar business of collecting and selling rare books. Literary Hub
Upright Women Wanted: be gay, do crimes, circulate books

Upright Women Wanted: be gay, do crimes, circulate books

Sarah Gailey is one of science fiction's great new talents and their 2019 debut novel Magic for Liars was incredibly strong; now they're back with Upright Women Wanted, a feminist, genderqueer science
Spike Lee to direct a film version of David Byrne's "American Utopia"

Spike Lee to direct a film version of David Byrne's "American Utopia"

According to an article on Deadline, Spike Lee has signed on to direct a film adaption of David Byrne's Broadway hit, American Utopia. Oscar winner Spike Lee has signed on to direct a filmed version
RIP, Jason Polan, who tried to draw every single person in New York City

RIP, Jason Polan, who tried to draw every single person in New York City

12 years ago, I covered the launch of artist Jason Polan's project to sketch every single person in New York City (he'd previously sketched every work of art in the MOMA). Now, via Kottke, I've